Department of Psychiatry

Residency Director Welcome


Message from the Residency Director

Residency is a time of great learning and many challenges. In my opinion one of the most important tasks is to develop learning skills which are transferrable to life-long education in the field. While we expect much of the data we learn to later be proven wrong or incomplete, learning a scientific approach to information enables us to continuing progressing throughout our careers.

Socrates noted the risk to learning from the new creation of writing, “this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories…” We have the same risk today from the proliferation of information sources and availability of immediate access to them. While these tools can greatly facilitate learning when used appropriately, there is also a risk that physicians will not be compelled to maintain the most important knowledge and skills within themselves.

True learning impacts the learner in a profound and stable way which allows for later recall and usefulness. We remember the patients who teach us the most, especially when it is not expected. We recognize the value of professional role models. We strive to decipher the scientific literature so that it can impact our care of patients and understanding of mental illnesses. We recognize that one cannot know everything and yet there are many things that we can and should know within our souls.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Timothy Dellenbaugh, M.D.
Residency Director
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Missouri-Kansas City
– The program holds full accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)